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20th Century American Literature

written by: Eve
 
This quiz focuses on famous American authors and literary works of the 20th century. Enjoy!

Question 1:


Which American author is popularly known as the chronicler of the Jazz Age - the period between World War I and World War II?
Ernest Hemingway
John Steinbeck
F. Scott Fitzgerald
John Dos Passos

Question 2:


Which novel by Ernest Hemingway was published in Great Britain under the title "Fiesta"?
A Farewell to Arms
Death in the Afternoon
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Sun Also Rises

Question 3:


Which 1929 novel narrates the decline of the distinguished Southern family, the Compsons?
"The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner
"This Side of paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck
"Manhattan Transfer" by John Dos Passos

Question 4:


The 1961 publication of this sexually explicit novel led to an obscenity trial in the USA.
On the Road
A Spy in the House of Love
Tropic of Cancer
Naked Lunch

Question 5:


Which novel, set in the Great Depression of the 1930's, won the the Pulitzer Prize in 1940?
The Grapes of Wrath
An American Tragedy
The Naked and the Death
Tortilla Flat

Question 6:


Which of the following is not a character depicted by Joseph Heller in his anti-war novel "Catch-22"?
Major Major Major Major
Dunbar
Chief White Halfoat
"Papa" Monzano

Question 7:


Humbert Humbert is the protagonist and narrator of which 1955 novel?
Lolita
Something Happened
The Awakening
In Cold Blood

Question 8:


Which of these novels is not part of the popular "Rabbit" series written by John Updike?
Rabbit Is Rich
Rabbit in Love
Rabbit Redux
Rabbit, Run

Question 9:


Which author was not a reperesentative figure of the Harlem Renaissance, an African American cultural movement of the 1920s and early 1930s?
Langston Hughes
Countee Cullen
ZoraNeale Hurston
Carl Sandburg

Question 10:


Who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel "Junkie", which gives an account of the lifestyle of heroin addicts in the early 1950s?
Philip Roth
William S. Burroughs
Jack Kerouac
Saul Bellow

 


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